Box Score Bank: It's All About 18


Box Score Bank: It's All About 18

I figured we'd kill some time before tonight's game with a little Box Score Bank. And since it's all about 18 for the Celtics, I figured we'd go back 18 years. And since the Celtics season was long over by this day in 1994, we'll have to go with the Red Sox.

Got that?

So, let's set the Box Score Bank for June 7, 1994

Billy Clinton was in his second year as president. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was No. 1 at the box office. I Swear by All-4-One was in the midst of its 11-week run atop the Billboard charts. Five days later, someone murdered Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman

And over at old Tigers Stadium, Roger Clemens was dominating Detroit.

Final Score: Red Sox 5, Tigers 1

In all, Clemens struck out 12 Lou Whitaker and Cecil Fielder three times a piece, Kirk Gibson and Junior Felix twice, and Mickey Tettleton, Tony Phillips and Danny Bautista once over seven innings. He also gave up only four hits, one run (a Tettleton ding dong) and walked three. Ken Ryan pitched two scoreless innings to wrap up the win.

On the other side, the Sox bats hit up David Wells for three runs over five innings including a two-run homer by the almighty Rich Rowland. And picked up insurance runs off Joe Boever (in his pre-Saver days) and Phil Stidham (who gave up a home run to the almightier Lee Tinsley).

But the story was Clemens, which brings me to an important question: How pissed are you going to be when he gets off on this perjury case? I mean, I'm sure he'll get hit with something minimal. And there's a small piece of satisfaction to be had in the fact that he's wasted so much time, effort and money fighting this thing. But just once, I'd like to see one of these guys break the law and actually do some time.

Same goes for whoever killed Ron and Nicole.

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Market for Encarnacion is shrinking, yet Red Sox still don't seem interested

Market for Encarnacion is shrinking, yet Red Sox still don't seem interested

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- As the annual winter meetings get underway today, the market for arguably the best free-agent hitter may be -- against all logic -- lessening.

Edwin Encarnacion, who has averaged 39 homers a year over the last five seasons, should be a player in demand.

But in quick succession, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, two teams thought to be in the market for Encarnacion, opted to go with older hitters who required shorter deals -- Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday.

Further, the Toronto Blue Jays' signing of Steve Pearce to a two-year deal Monday, coupled with their earlier acquisition of Kendrys Morales, closes the door on a potential return to Toronto for Encarnacion.

Seemingly, all of that would position the Red Sox, in search of a DH to replace the retired David Ortiz, to swoop in and land Encarnacion for far less than they could have imagined only weeks ago.

And yet, it appears as though things would have to change considerably for the Red Sox to reach agreement with Encarnacion.

While the first baseman-DH is known to be Ortiz's first choice as his replacement, for now, the economics don't work for the Sox -- even as Enacarnacion's leverage drops.

Encarnacion is expecting a deal of at least four years, with an average annual value around $20 million.

The Red Sox, industry sources indicate, are very much mindful of the luxury tax threshold. The Sox have, however modestly, gone over the threshold in each of the last two seasons, and even with a bump due to last week's new CBA, the Sox are dangerously close to the 2018 limit of $195 million.

Should the Sox go over for a third straight year, their tax would similarly ratchet up.

That, and the fact that Encarnacion would cost the Sox their first-round pick next June -- for this offseason, compensation for players given a qualifying offer comes under the old CBA rules -- represents two huge disincentives.

It's far more likely that the Sox will seek a cheaper option at DH from among a group that includes Pedro Alvarez and Mike Napoli. Neither is in Encarnacion's class, but then again, neither would cost a draft pick in return, or the long-term investment that Encarnacion is said to be seeking.

Boomer Esiason witnessed Pete Rose hire people to sign autographs

Boomer Esiason witnessed Pete Rose hire people to sign autographs

Boomer Esiason tells Toucher & Rich a story from his early days in Cincinnati when he witnessed Pete Rose overseeing five guys he paid to sign a stack of photographs for fans.